Saturday, April 28, 2012

Sweet Saturday Samples: Another Bit from Spinster's Folly

Welcome back to Sweet Saturday Samples! Let's take a look at the male main character of Spinster's Folly, Bill Henry.
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He's gone and done it, Bill Henry thought as he saddled his horse the next morning. Defied his pa and gone off. He's got more gumption than I thought he did.

Bill swung into the saddle, gathered the reins, and clucked to his mount, a frisky dun mustang, one of the horses Rod Owen had bought in Texas. The animal frog-jumped and bucked for a few minutes, but Bill stuck tight and waited out the horse's temper tantrum. The dun would settle down soon and carry him through the morning without further complaint.

Yes, James Owen had sand*, he had to give him that. Who else around here was willing to go toe-to-toe and have it out with Rod Owen? Nobody he knew, including himself right now. Not that Bill thought himself a coward. No, he simply didn't want to leave Colorado Territory and return to Texas just yet. He'd given his word that he'd teach the Owens all the tricks to handling longhorn cattle and the business of selling them. He'd agreed to light here at least that long. Even though he was without kin in this place, it suited him fine to be in the employ of the older man, there being no work just now at home.

Besides which, if I head back now, I'll never see Miss Marie again.

There it was, finally, the hitherto unspoken reason for staying, even though the Owen boys were catching on to every cattle-handling trick he'd taught them faster than he'd supposed it would happen. I don't want to leave here without her.

Bill let out a gusty breath. Now the big bear was flushed into the open, so to speak, and he had to face it or turn tail and run.
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*The word sand was used in past years as part of the expression "sand in his craw" or "sand in his gizzard," referring to the small stones that birds swallow to help grind their food. It is used in the same sense as "grit," meaning a person who has strength of character, pluck, stamina, resolve, courage, and toughness.  That, in turn, refers to the toughness of grit or gritstone, the material used to make the stones of a corn mill. Bill's usage is authentic, showing his respect for James Owen in standing up to his father.

9 comments:

  1. I like it! I really enjoyed his "bear in the open" comment. ;)

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! [big smile]

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  2. I love reading your samples. I learn so much! Hope Bill finds the courage to act on his attraction to Marie.

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    1. I'm glad I can be educational as well as entertaining, Pat. Thanks. I hope Bill is up to that task, too.

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  3. Your use of the word "sand" is just perfect -- I heard it growing up in Texas. I think it will be easily understood from context, even if a reader is unfamiliar with "sand." LOVE your reference to "the big bear" -- kind of like the elephant in the room but more in keeping with the setting.
    Can't wait to see what the Owens family is up to next!

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    1. Thanks, Sandy. I wanted those who wouldn't pick up on the word's meaning because they don't read Westerns or live in the West, to understand it. I thought and thought before I came up with "the big bear," so I'm glad you like it.

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  4. Thank you for the explaination of 'sand'. This is a great book and I can't wait to read more. Glad to see he's realized there is a love interest going on, at least from him to her.

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    1. You're welcome, Lindsay.I think Bill knew he was attracted to Marie, but he hadn't yet realized the degree to which he had committed his heart.

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  5. I had sand in my gizzard once. The doctor removed the offending gizzard and now I feel sooo much better! Oh, wait. You didn't mean gallbladder? Oops, my mistake. lol

    Fun excerpt.

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